Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
This is a timeless piece of work that transcends the era. The instrumentation alone is arguably the beginning of modern Black Gangster Rap music. The thick bass lines and the driving lyrics definitely served as an inspiration for to my score for the movie Black Dynamite.
was very much in his prime when the soundtrack to Blaxploitation movie "Black Caesar". The tune below is Funky Drummer, a tune that at one time in the history of music was the most sampled song ever in the old Rave scene, proving even more the amount of influence that can come from rebellion. James Brown was a perfectionist when it came to music.
Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack
One of the most legendary bits of Blaxploitation music ever and the theme to the movie of the same name. It served in some ways as a warning to not cross 110th street in Brooklyn, at the time there was very much a racial divide at around that point/
This is the theme tune to one of the best known Blaxploitation movies, Black Dynamite and one just has to love the vibe created by that intro.
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song
Melvin Van Peebles, plus the legends that are Earth, Wind & Fire. Arguably the first Blaxploitation soundtrack. A, not well known at the time, "Earth, Wind & Fire" played on this album. It has a raw feel to the recording and was creatively used in the movie. This is a must for any fan of Blaxploitation and anyone who appreciates the history of African American music.